Is someone in your family a mad crafter? Unless you’re involved in crafting, it’s sometimes a bit difficult to know what makes a good present for them when Christmas rolls around – what will they want, need or appreciate? Here are six suggestions to get your gift ideas flowing.
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A heavy-duty plastic toolbox
It’s surprising how many hand-held tools crafters often have hiding away. Hammers, pliers, wire cutters, a hot glue gun… the list continues. A good, compact toolbox will be very useful if they haven’t already got one. It can also be used as a storage place for finicky bits and pieces – the kind that crafters tend to have a lot of – bits of lace or ribbon, threads, measuring tapes, pins, needles…
A taster class for a new skill
The great thing about having craft as a hobby is that there are so many aspects of it that you can learn. Has your crafter expressed an interest in sewing, pottery, scrapbooking, decoupage? Get them a taster session so they can add to their craft repertoire.
A new pair of scissors
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a crafter must be in want of a decent pair of scissors. Do some research, and allocate a decent budget – these are going to be used frequently and on a range of different materials, and need to be able to take a lot of use.
If you can, reconnoitre their craft supplies and see what is depleted. Things like super glue, craft glue or hot glue sticks, threads running low on their spools, coloured card, marker pens, a new Stanley knife or tailors’ chalk.
Subscription to a craft magazine
Is there a craft magazine that your crafter buys occasionally? Show you’ve been paying attention and get a subscription to their favourite one.
A voucher for a craft store
If all else fails and you are still stuck for a gift, you can’t miss with giving your crafter free rein to spend up in their local craft store. They will be able to choose their own supplies based on what projects they have coming up.
A nice touch for a crafty Christmas present is to make a card or do something unique with the wrapping paper – your crafter will definitely appreciate the extra effort.
Vivienne Egan writes for Baker Ross who have a great range of Christmas craft supplies that will make great presents.